DJing at Le Bain’s ‘My Favorite Party’
Tonight I will DJ at “My Favorite Party” largely because my favorite DJ, entrepreneur, restaurateur, and favorite person Paul Sevigny has asked me to. He’s telling me to think outside of the box. I haven’t thought inside the box since Reagan was president…and even then the box contained a pipe, some combustibles and keys to my Rickie Stickie Tickied Volkswagen Camper. These Wednesday night shindigs at Le Bain started a couple weeks ago but now they’ve added early acoustic sets.
The Standard has its act together, so the bookings at Le Bain are eclectic and relevant and are as close as anyone is going to get to the perfect past. If I had the time, I would go every night. However, Wednesdays it will be.
Tonight’s acoustic set features ex-Moldy Peaches member and now solo artist, Adam Green, whose hit “Anyone Else But You” made it’s mark in the flick Juno. These live shows are being called the “Havaianas Summer Wednesdays Series,” and Paul tells me they represent the tip of the iceberg. Come October, he will be hitting up friends like David Johansen, Kool Herc, Maripol, Fab Five Freddy, Lizzie Truly and a list of other unconfirmed etceteras to chime in. He and his team will create an atmosphere that will attract the right “artists to want to participate.” He excitedly asked me as I was blinking off last night, “What place in the whole world can you listen to rock and blues with better views?” He continued, “This is a kick back kind of thing tonight but we’re going to get uptight come November. I mean it’s Summertime, we are in America…people can come look at the Statue of Liberty and listen to old time rock ‘n roll.” I asked him what I should be playing and he told me “anything cool from the last half of the last century to today.” I can do that. I was around when those records came out.
The party is called MyFavoriteParty because it will be. Paul is no longer involved with his long-running Tuesday night at Avenue and is now putting his efforts here. I’m going on at 9pm and will be followed by Alexandra Richards, Jamie Biden, Prince Peter and Paul. The Standard’s Sebastian Puga told me that they’ll be giving away free flip flops, which I assume will help with the chill tone. And for the record, as a DJ, the only requests I take are ones like “Can you hold on to my flip flops while I jump off the roof?” The answer will always be yes to this one and no to anything else.
On June 24, an article appeared in the Financial Times, that London thing, with my byline on it. It tells everyone my 5 choices for best rooftops in New York. The Standard is listed as one of them. Often I contribute a great deal to articles in other publications and get zero credit. In this case, I was interviewed at length for the piece, though I did not write it but received credit for writing it. I’m not complaining, just disclosing and there are only a couple of things in the article that aren’t exactly perfectly correct. That’s because my editors weren’t asked to help out. All in all it’s a good read.